Power and Accountability programme

3 November, 2017

In wider society, the way that power is concentrated, shared and used is changing as a result of globalisation, new technology, new channels of communication, extreme inequality and other factors. These changes bring increased risks of unaccountable power, but also new opportunities for interconnected, engaged and flourishing democracy.

The Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust want to support people to create a world in which power is more equally shared, and in which powerful institutions are responsive and accountable to wider society and aligned with the long-term public interest.  

Other factors

In addition to the specific focus areas above, JRCT is open to occasionally supporting other work which meets all of the following criteria:

  • furthers the vision of this programme
  • is highly innovative, with the potential to bring about systemic change
  • is exceptionally difficult to fund from other sources.

Under this programme, JRCT will consider applications for national work in the UK, or elsewhere in the EU for work at a pan-European level. We will also consider applications aimed at increasing the accountability of the UK government and other UK bodies for the impact of the policies and practices that they pursue within global institutions.  

Specific exclusions

In addition to the Trust’s general exclusions, we will not fund work under this programme which:

  • is about democratic participation or user advocacy in relation to service provision, e.g. education and health
  • focuses on international development issues
  • is limited to corporate accountability in relation to a particular business sector, e.g. tourism or supermarkets
  • is general campaigning that is not concerned with the themes given above
  • supports individual journalists or news organisations to undertake investigations or create content.

Application deadlines

The next deadline for applications to the Power and Accountability programme is 12 noon on Monday 4 December 2017. Please note that we have split deadlines for our programmes - for further information see When to apply.



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